- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) - Officials say dry rot appears to have caused a stairway to collapse and kill a 26-year-old man at Northern California apartment complex.

Larry Kamer, a spokesman for the 280-unit complex in Folsom, tells the Sacramento Bee (https://bit.ly/1CpftAb ) that managers had been alerted to a widespread problem of dry rot after another stairway collapsed last year.

City records show contractors hired to do repairs received permits between June 2014 and last month. Officials say some of the work wasn’t completed, including to the outdoor stairway that fell and killed Shun Xiang Yuan on Friday.

The city’s chief building official, Steve Burger, said dry rot likely led to the collapse.

Rotten wood also was found after a balcony collapse last month that killed six college students at a Berkeley apartment building.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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